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Old 08-27-2009, 04:20 PM
 
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I cannot remember the road number but Reno-Gerlach-California border through the Black Rock Desert is another great one.
True...but FAR from the Interstate. I went from Fallon to Gerlach to Alturas (CA) a few years ago....seems like I saw about 5 'big rigs' hauling gypsum drywall out of the plant @ Empire (nr. Gerlach) toward Oregon....and maybe 4 pickup trucks...and that's all. And Every single driver WAVED !..

The Black Rock Desert is similar to Bonneville, just a little less salty. I seem to recall a few 'land-speed' records being set there, too. in years when Bonneville was too wet and 'mushy' for speed trials. Same sort of mirages, same sort of 'optical illusions' as you'd see @ Bonneville. GREAT, wide-open, uninabited 'space'.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Exactly my sentiments also.The "call of the open road" still rings loudly.Remote secondary highways with one or at most two lanes in each direction are the ones most prefered.As for the rep of hwy 50 being lonely,there is another stretch,also in Nevada,that makes 50 seem crowded.To really get lonely,drive hwy 93 from Twin Falls,Idaho,to Las Vegas.More than 500 miles,with the only town of any size being Ely,population 4000.Did this trip some years ago,and would like to do it again,this time in the other direction.
93 is pretty 'lonely', I agree....I've done all but the northernmost few miles. Ely @ vicinity are not only remote, it's BRUTALLY cold there in the winter...more so than most of the Great Basin.

Probably my all-time favorite Federal Highway is US 395, from its beginning on I-15 nr. Victorville, CA, to its end @ the Canadian border. Bishop, Reno, Lakeview, Pasco, Spokane, etc. The continuous view of the eastern Sierra Nevada is particularly stunning....and almost ALL of the route runs through empty 'space', with plenty of 'long-distance' views. My kind of road.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Big Apple
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I-95 between Jacksonville and Palm Beach. It just doesn't get any more boring than that.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:55 PM
 
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I-90 from moses lake, wa. to the western border of spokane county. i'd tell ya more about it, but i think i'm ready for a nap now.
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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come to think of it i-40 around the tex/n.m. border is pretty painful. i-5 between l.a. and sacramento is excruciating. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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I-90 from moses lake, wa. to the western border of spokane county. i'd tell ya more about it, but i think i'm ready for a nap now.

Agreed. Route 395 from Tri-Cities to the Spokane area is dull, too.

Also, I-90 from Albany to Buffalo NY is pretty yawn inspiring -
I-95 from Bangor ME to Houlton ME
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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To be honest, most interstates are very boring and hard to drive for long stretches. Now I know why some truckers take drugs to stay awake.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Oh boy. Just thinking of these makes me want to cry! I have the fortune (or maybe misfortune when it comes to road trips) of living out west, so I am well familiar with long stretches of NOTHING.

Here's my list:
I-10 West from Phoenix to Los Angeles
I-10 East from Phoenix all the way across Texas (the only interesting thing on that road are the fun cities of San Antonio and Houston. By the time I got through Texas, I was willing to sell that whole state for a quarter!)
I-15 South from St George, Utah to Los Angeles
I-40 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Oh boy. Just thinking of these makes me want to cry! I have the fortune (or maybe misfortune when it comes to road trips) of living out west, so I am well familiar with long stretches of NOTHING.

Here's my list:
I-10 West from Phoenix to Los Angeles
I-10 East from Phoenix all the way across Texas (the only interesting thing on that road are the fun cities of San Antonio and Houston. By the time I got through Texas, I was willing to sell that whole state for a quarter!)
I-15 South from St George, Utah to Los Angeles
I-40 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona
I get to take that stretch of I-40 coming up next Spring, heading to the Grand Canyon.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Quiet Corner Connecticut
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I have only been in the east, so from what I've seen...


New York State Thruway from Utica to Buffalo. Not really much out there. Pretty flat, goes around the cities and towns, quite boring and forgetable.

I-95 from Ormond Beach FL to near Savannah GA, minus the stretch in Jacksonville. Lots of trees, lots of flat ground. Most of GA it avoids towns (lots of forest) and smells awful. Not many of those "highway towns" you see in the Carolinas or Virginia. Though not including those "highway towns", it'd be boring all the way to Petersburg VA.

I-684 in New York: long, straight, fast. Doesn't go near any towns. Aside from a lake or two and the Golden's Bridge train station there's nothing interesting to look at.

Maine Turnpike between York and Saco: long, fast, relatively straight, nothing but trees. Some small hills, but nothing significant.

New Jersey Turnpike between the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Exit 3: long, very fast, quite straight and flat, lots of trees and fields. No towns, only one exit for nearly 30 miles between the toll plaza and the Camden area. Way different than up north.
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